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Man nearly drowns during rescue attempt

2012-01-07 20:18

Port Elizabeth - A man is in a critical condition after he tried to save three teenagers off Maitland Beach 30km from Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

"Reports indicate that the man swam out to save three teenagers when he got into difficulty himself and had to be rescued at around 17:00," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Paramedics raced to the scene and after stabilising the man they transported him to the Netcare Greenacres hospital for treatment.

Comments
  • Steve - 2012-01-07 20:35

    'he tried', meaning he was unsucceful and the 3 drowned

      Mike - 2012-01-07 20:56

      Not necessarily, the 3 teenagers may have be rescued by NSRI or by the same people that rescued him.

      Janice - 2012-01-08 11:39

      What a stupid comment! You know what it means. Rather say "what a brave person he is for trying to save other peoples lives" He deserver a medal for his courage! Hope he recovers fully!

      janine.cronje - 2012-01-09 12:20

      Steve, all 3 survived, he saved the first 2, then another man went in to help save the third as he became too tired and began drowning. Paramedics arrived and began resus and he is recovering in ICU.

  • benson.s.zulu - 2012-01-07 21:59

    You're a real hero!! I'm surprised that there are still existing people like this man who sacrifice their lives to save others.

  • TobiasJan - 2012-01-08 01:11

    No news about the 3 teenagers?

  • Vivian - 2012-01-08 07:32

    We dont need another hero.......Call the professionals next time

      janine.cronje - 2012-01-09 13:42

      Vivian, you're an @ss! The Maitland beach is 30km from PE, the ambulance took 18 min to get there as it is! Thanks to him, 3 lives were saved, there would have been 3 deaths instead if he had waited for 'the professionals'. You make me sick

  • Wally - 2012-01-08 13:22

    It is sickening to read all these negative comments on so many articles. @ Steve and Vivian: Either make a positive contribution or go find your news somewhere else. Same goes for all who engage into rhetoric about the quality of reporting, the spelling, or whatever your non-related problem may be. If you have better facts to your disposal, share it so we all may be the wiser. Have you tried to save anyone from a life threatening situation by putting your own life on the line? Would you blame him for not being sucessful if indeed the teenagers suffered loss? Vivian, if you were in trouble I am pretty sure you would appreciate it if someone would assist while waiting for the professionals. Weeks ago a man was helped after a shark attack and would have died if not for immediate response by the ppl on the scene while waiting for the EMRS. Another article here reports of a surfer saving the life of a boy in trouble. Salute the individual for his courage and thank God for ppl like him. I trust and believe both this man and the teenagers will live to tell the story and be grateful to God for being alive and well.

      Steve - 2012-01-08 16:27

      Yes I have 'put my life on the line'to quote you;, having been a lifeguard and then a member of the NSRI etc, my comment/concern was for the 3 teenagers -see TobiasJan's comment above-he to wanted news of the 3 Then we have JaniceMcMaster her reply showns no concern for the 3 Theres no denying that it was an heroic effort

  • Gail - 2012-01-08 16:56

    The three teenagers were rescued however the person who swam out to assist them ended up in more trouble than they did and had to be admitted to hospital. Netcare and Coastal Rescue Services came to the scene very quickly and did a great job. They are a voluntary unfunded group of former lifesavers etc who can be called upon and their response time is excellent. Kudo's to the person who went in to assist the three teenagers however the vital message to take from this is to obey the lifesavers, take a marker before you go into the sea and ensure that you stay in line with it. If you do get into trouble STAY CALM and float while raising the alarm that you are in trouble. Don't fight the rip. The rescuer is in a critical situation so learn your strength in the water and do not risk adding to the problem especially if you have children of your own. I have grown up with this as my mantra and it has saved both my life and that of my late husband and young son both of whom were strong swimmers and had heard me nag on this subject. Although I found a person on the beach my husband was so far out that the person could not see him and since I didn't know how good a swimmer he was I thought he was sensible not to rush in. My eager son I sent to find someone with a board while I stayed with my two other young sons. The rip current and my husband's cool head brought him back in further down the beach. Sadly he died in a car accident 10 years later. Drownproof your toddlers before a year.

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